The sustainability guide to canned wine

The sustainability guide to canned wine

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Sustainability is a major buzzword right now (think COP26), so it’s only natural that we’ve all started to think about the ways in which we can all be that little bit more greener. Bottles and plastics wines are some of the biggest CO2 culprits in existence, so we’ve come up with a few reasons to prove switching to the humble can is way better for the environment.

 

It’s the lesser evil

Everything we do creates some form of waste, and the biggest challenge out there today for the science folk is to come up with some form of packaging that has the least impact on the planet. Unlike glass or plastic, several studies have shown that cans are the least damaging of all the single use containers out there. Reason being is that that they are made from aluminium which can be constantly recycled with no change whatsoever in its properties. Summed up, just by drinking out of a can you’ll help save up to 95% of the energy used to make a new can. 

 

They are designed to be on the go

Wine from a can takes away all the faff involved with breaking open your average bottle. Just think about it. On your next night out, there’s no need for a corkscrew, no need for swathes of plastic bags or recycled wine boxes to carry them back home, and if it’s a gift, the flashy bag gets eradicated, too. The point is, bottles carry an extra lot of paraphernalia whereas canned goods don’t. Sure, it’s nice to buy pretty things, but with the global warming crisis the talk of the world, ask yourself, is it really worth it? We think not.

 

The numbers will make you feel less guilty

No matter who you ask in the wine bizz (even the really stuck up ones), they’ll tell you canned wines are a win for the environment. Though the sommeliers might kick up a fuss, as much as 46% of a wine’s total CO2 footprint is a result of its packaging, and those that come out of bottles are the worst. Wine in cans typically emit four times less CO2 than the equivalent volume in wine bottles, plus they are much easier to transport and require less energy to be recycled.

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